Nearly Native’s Guide to Nashville Sports Bars

From college to professional, we all have our teams that we proudly represent and excitedly root for even when the outlook is less than favorable. Nashville has no shortage of fanatic inhabitants (even some aren’t SEC alums) and Nearly Native has your list of the best spots to catch your favorite team in action!

  • Double Dogs (Hillsboro Village & Sylvan Heights) – TVs, TVs everywhere, and literally no room to spare on game day. This bar is definitely a hot spot for all things sports. If you want to watch a game here, it’s safe to bet that there are hundreds of people who want the same thing, so make sure to show up early and put a name in if you want a table or fend for yourself at the bar.IMG_0285
  • M.L .Rose (Melrose & West Nashville) – This sporting event staple is known for its 2-for-1 specials, patios, post intramural boozing, and (obviously) TVs scattered throughout.  M.L. Rose has got a serious Rolodex of craft and seasonal beers and bar food that will leave you supremely satisfied. If you want a little more elbow room, head to West Nashville as it’s seating and patio are bigger.
  • Clyde’s on Church (Midtown) – Ping Pong, skee ball and a variety of other games draw a sizeable crowd to this indoor/outdoor space on Church Street. With plush couches and deep booths, this is a great place to hunker down with your people for the game.
  • Crow’s Nest (Green Hills) – This double-decker sports establishment has a plethora of indoor seating that’s convertible to the outdoors with large open windows on a nice day. It can get rather crowded during a big game, but the amount of seating helps spread things out a bit.
  • South (Demonbreun) – Game watching by day, dance party by night. Make sure to come early if you want to grab a seat or try the back room if it’s not closed for a private party. There’s a good chance you’ll find a younger crowd here.
  • Dawghouse Saloon (Demonbreun) – With tons of TVs and a pretty open layout this place gets pretty busy on a Sunday afternoon, especially with Browns fans. They’ve got corn hole out front for those of you who get dragged to sports game watches unwillingly and need an activity. Sunday afternoons usually feature a fun cover band!
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  • Tavern (Midtown) – Less bar, more restaurant, Tavern is a great place for the dinner and game watch combination. There’s no place in the restaurant you can sit without seeing a TV and their MStreet menu gives patrons some healthy options beyond chili cheese fries and burgers.
  • Bailey’s Sports Grille (Downtown) – Beer, sports, pool tables. A sports fan’s paradise. If this sounds like the greatest thing you’ve ever heard, beware: you’ll be fighting the downtown tourist crowd to find your sport at the bar. For those of you who don’t want to venture down to Broadway, they have Goodlettsville and Hickory Hollow locations.
  • Beyond the Edge (East Nashville) – A simple sports bar with indoor and outdoor seating. Beer specials, TVs, and wings. The necessities.
  • Broadway Brewhouse (Midtown, Downtown & other regional locations) – Lots of beer, seating and TVs for your game-viewing pleasure in every location. These are smoking-friendly venues, so if you’re not into smoke, this may not be the place for you.
  • Sam’s Place (Belle Meade, Hendersonville, Murfreesboro) – A laid back sports bar where comfort comes easy.
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Photos: Double Dogs (@NashvilleGuru),  Dawghouse Saloon (@uanashville)

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